Although I'm not a religious person, I've always believed in the principle of karma--also known as that old biblical proverb about reaping what you sow. I wanted to share with you two amazing examples of karma that have happened to me just this week.
First, I must tell you all that money has been tight this month at my house. Some of Gregg's aquarium clients were not open over Christmas (the schools, mainly) and so income from those places has been interrupted this month. Then I had to have oral surgery at the beginning of the month, and I had to cover $500 of that up front before my insurance kicked in to pay the rest. In an effort to not dip into our savings account, I've had to watch my spending very closely.
On Monday, Ginger and George's veterinarian posted a sad story on Facebook about a very sick little dog whose owner is elderly and cannot afford the treatment for him. They asked for help covering the cost of the treatment, and even though I only felt comfortable donating $25 under the circumstances, I did it with the thought that every little bit helps. The very next morning, a check arrived in our mailbox from one of Gregg's clients for $250....ten times what I had given!
Then yesterday while at work I got a desperate text from my friend Ronnie who moved to New York about 10 years ago. He's had a terrible run of luck lately. Right before Christmas, he lost his job, and then on New Year's Eve his boyfriend broke up with him and kicked him out of their apartment. He called me on New Year's Day, first thing in the morning, sobbing. All I could do was listen and try to be encouraging. He was temporarily sleeping on a friend's sofa and trying to figure out what to do next. I was so sad for him.
When he texted me yesterday, he said he only had literally $.76 to his name, and asked me if I could please deposit $20 or so into his bank account so he could get something to eat. I was horrified, and told him I would run by his bank's local branch after work and do it. Instead of $20, I deposited $50 for him and told him that I wished I could have done more. He was so thankful, and it made me feel good to help even though $50 isn't all that much when someone is flat broke.
When I got home, there was another check in the mail from one of Gregg's clients.....for $500. Can you believe that?! That's twice this week that I gave money I could hardly afford, and got exactly 10 times the amount back immediately.